Page last updated at 18:55 GMT, Thursday, 15 April 2010 19:55 UK

Ash cloud disrupts flights from East Midlands Airport

Passengers using East Midlands Airport still face severe disruption after a cloud of volcanic ash from Iceland shut down all commercial flights.

The Air Traffic Control Service (Nats) has suspended all non-emergency flights from UK airports until at least 1900 BST on Friday.

The airport will open as usual on Friday but people are urged to contact their airline before travelling.

A total of 56 departures and 41 arrivals were cancelled on Thursday.

John Cox, operations manager at EMA said: "It's been a once-in-a-lifetime thing I suspect.

"It's been difficult for a lot of people, a lot of hard work and nobody's gone anywhere."

A total of 58 flights were due to depart from the Castle Donington airport on Friday.



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